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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:07 AM

Here is an updated African bibliography. The new additions are:

 

Capstick, Peter - Death in the long grass - Memoir

Collected stories from a big game hunter

 

Crompton, Richard - The Honey guide - Fiction - Kenya - Nairobi

A very enjoyable crime novel set during the post-election violence of 2007, introducing Masai detective Mollel. This was a refreshing stand-out read that delivers more than a whodunit. The book blends recent history, a credible plot and interesting details of Masai folklore and culture. 

 

Drayson, Nicholas - A Guide to the beasts of East Africa - Fiction - Kenya - Nairobi

The long-awaited sequel to the charming Guide to the birds of East Africa updates the goings-on in the lives of Mr Malik, his daughter Petula, Rose Mkubwa and members of the Asadi Club where the latest debate centres on the murder of Lord Erroll. Someone has stolen the club's mascot, the Kima Killer, and the club is under threat of closure - can Mr Malik and friends solve both the latest theft and the older mystery? A gentle and humourous read for fans of Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

 

Haigh, Jerry - Wrestling with rhinos : the memoirs of a Glasgow vet in Kenya - Memoir - Kenya - Meru NP, Nanyuki

Interesting account of a vet's life in Kenya during the 1960s and 1970s with some detail on game captures and re-locations.  The author and his family lived in Meru and Nanyuki. 

 

O'Neill, Pat Cavendish - A Lion in the bedroom - Memoir

The daughter of Australian socialite Enid Lindeman shares her story of life amongst the glitterati until the day she was given a lion cub and her life changed forever.

 

Paice, Edward - Lost lion of empire : the life of 'Cape to Cairo' Grogan

Very readable biography which also contains an interesting colonial history of Kenya.

 

Palmer, Shirley - African skies

Bereaved sister heads to Nairobi in search of answers about her brother's death - he died whilst searching for a site for a new hotel. 

 

Park, Tony - Dark heart

An old photograph reunites three people who worked together during the Rwandan genocide in a modern tale of wildlife smugglers and human trafficking.  A real page-turner!

 

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Adamson, George - Bwana Game - Memoir - Kenya

Adamson, George - My pride and Joy - Memoir - Kenya - Meru

Adamson, Joy - Born Free Lions - Kenya - Shaba

Adamson, Joy - Forever free - Lions

Adamson, Joy - The Searching spirit - Memoir - Kenya

Adamson, Joy - Shaba -Leopards - Kenya

Adamson, Joy - The Spotted sphinx - Cheetah - Kenya

Allison, Peter - Don't look behind you, but… - Memoir - Botswana - Moremi

Allison, Peter - Whatever you do, don't run - Memoir - Botswana - Moremi

Anthony, Lawrence - Babylon's Ark - Memoir - South Africa - Kwazulu Natal

Anthony, Lawrence - The Elephant whisperer - Memoir South Africa - Kwazulu Natal

Anthony, Lawrence - The Last rhinos - Memoir - South Africa - Kwazulu Natal

Arruda, Suzanne - Mark of the lion - Fiction - Kenya

Arruda, Suzanne - Stalking ivory - Fiction - Kenya - Marsabit NP

Attenborough, David - The Trials of life - Wildlife

Attwater, Helen - My Gorilla journey - Gorillas - Congo

Atwood, Melinda - Jambo Mama - Memoir - Kenya

Bakkes, Chris - In bushveld and desert : a gameranger's life - Memoir - Namibia

Balows, Scott - Tales from Tanzania - Memoir - Tanzania

Bartels, W - Vamos : the story of a boat - Memoir - Zimbabwe-Zambia

Batrus, Carol - When elephants fly : one woman's jouney from Wall Street to Zululand - Memoir - South Africa - Kwazulu Natal

Beard, Peter - The End of the game - Wildlife

Bell, Gavin - Somewhere over the rainbow - Travel - South Africa

Bennun, David - Tick bite fever - Memoir - Kenya - Nairobi

Blake, Philippa - Heat of the moment - Fiction - Kenya

Blixen, Karen - Out of Africa - Memoir - Kenya

Bourke, Anthony - A Lion called Christian - Lions - Kenya

Brandt, Nick - On this earth - Photography - East Africa

Bright, Michael - The Pride - Wildlife - Tanzania - Serengeti

Bristow, David - The Scenic splendours of southern Africa - Photography Africa, Southern

Brownlee, Nick - Bait - Fiction - Kenya - Mombasa

Brownlee, Nick - Burn - Fiction - Kenya - Mombasa

Brownlee, Nick - Machete - Fiction - Kenya - Mombasa

Brownlee, Nick - Snakepit - Fiction - Somalia - Mombasa

Bryden, Bruce A - Game ranger remembers - Memoir - South Africa - Kruger

Buckle, Catherine - Innocent victims : rescuing the innocent victims of Zimbabwe's farm… - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Bull, Bartle - Safari : a chronicle of adventure - History

Butcher, Tim - River of blood - Travel - Congo

Cain, Kenneth - Emergency sex - Memoir - Somalia

 

Capstick, Peter - Death in the long grass - Memoir

Caputo, Philip - Ghosts of Tsavo : stalking the mystery lions of East Africa - Lions - Kenya - Tsavo

Carberry, Juanita - Child of Happy Valley - Memoir - Kenya

Carr, Norman - Return to the wild - Memoir - Zambia

Chidgey, Jane - Under the baobab tree - Memoir - South Africa - Limpopo

Cillie, Burger - A Pocket guide to Southern African birds - Field guide - Africa, Southern

Clark, June Vendall - Starlings laughing - Memoir - Botswana - Moremi - Okavango

Clutton-Brock, Tim - Meerkat Manor - Meerkats - South Africa

Coates, Frank - Beyond Mombasa - Fiction - Kenya

Coates, Frank - In search of Africa - Fiction - Kenya

Coates, Frank - Roar of the lion - Fiction - Kenya

Coates, Frank - Silence of the Serengeti - Fiction - Kenya - Nairobi

Coates, Frank - Tears of the Maasai - Fiction - Kenya

Cox, Richard - Eclipse - Fiction - Kenya

 

Crompton, Richard - The Honey guide - Fiction - Kenya - Nairobi

D'Souza, Tony - Whiteman - Fiction - Ivory Coast

Dau, John - God grew tired of us - Memoir - Sudan-Kenya

David, Saul - Zulu Hart - Fiction - South Africa - Natal

Davies, Caitlin - A Place of reeds - Memoir - Botswana

Dinesen, Isak - Out of Africa - Memoir - Kenya

Drayson, Nicholas - A Guide to the birds of East Africa - Fiction - Kenya

 

Drayson, Nicholas - A Guide to the beasts of East Africa - Fiction - Kenya

Dugard, Martin - Into Africa - History - Tanzania

Ecott, Tim - Stealing water : a secret life in an African city - Memoir - South Africa - Johannesburg

Elkins, Caroline - Imperial reckoning : the untold story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya - History - Kenya

Estes, Richard - The Safari companion - Wildlife

Evans, Tenniel - Don't walk in the long grass - Memoir - Kenya

Fitzjohn, Tony - Born wild - Memoir - Kenya - Kora; Tanzania

Fossey, Diane - Gorillas in the mist - Memoir - Rwanda

Fox, James - White mischief - History - Kenya

Fuller, Alexandra - Don't lets go to the dogs tonight - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Fuller, Alexandra - Scribbling the cat - Travel - Zambia - Mozambique

Fuller, Alexandra - Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness - Memoir - Zambia-Zimbabwe

Gall, Sandy - George Adamson : Lord of the lions - Biography - Kenya

Gallmann, Kuki - African nights - Memoir - Kenya - Laikipia

Gallmann, Kuki - I dreamed of Africa - Memoir - Kenya - Laikipia

Gallmann, Kuki - Night of the lions - Memoir - Kenya - Laikipia

Gavron, Jeremy - The Last elephant - Travel - East and Southern Africa

Godwin, Peter - Mukiwa : a white boy in Africa - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Godwin, Peter - When the crocodile eats the sun - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Godwin, Peter - The Fear : the last days of Robert Mugabe - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Goodall, Jane - In the shadow of man Memoir - Tanzania - Gombe - Chimpanzees

Goodall, Jane - My friends the wild chimpanzees - Memoir - Tanzania - Gombe - Chimpanzees

Goodall, Jane - Through a window : my thirty years with the chimpanzees - Memoir - Tanzania - Gombe - Chimpanzees

Gordon, Nicholas - Ivory knights - Memoir - Tanzania

Gowdy, Barbara - The White bone - Fiction - Elephants - Africa

Greaves, Nick - Hwange : retreat of the elephants - Wildlife - Zimbabwe

Griffin, Scott - My heart is Africa : a flying adventure - Memoir

Grzimek, Bernard - Serengeti shall not die - Memoir - Tanzania - Serengeti

Guhrs, Vic - The Trouble with Africa : stories from a safari camp - Memoir - Zambia - South Luangwa

Haigh, Jerry - The Trouble with lions - Memoir - Kenya - Uganda

 

Haigh, Jerry - Wrestling with rhinos : the memoirs of a Glasgow vet in Kenya - Memoir - Kenya - Meru NP, Nanyuki

Hamilton, Iain Douglas - Among the elephants - Elephants - Tanzania - Lake Manyara

Harden, Blaine - Africa : dispatches from a fragile continent - Memoir - Africa

Harper, Beverley - Echo of an angry God - Fiction - Malawi

Harper, Beverley - Edge of the rain - Fiction

Harper, Beverley - Footprints of the lion - Fiction - South Africa

Harper, Beverley -The Forgotten Sea - Fiction - Mauritius

Harper, Beverley -The Jackal's dance - Fiction - Namibia

Harper, Beverley - People of Heaven - Fiction - Botswana

Harper, Beverley - Shadows in the grass - Fiction - South Africa - Natal

Harper, Beverley - Storms over Africa Fiction - South Africa - Natal

Hart, Susanne - Life with Daktari - Memoir

Hartley, Adrian - The Zanzibar chest - Memoir - Africa

Helfer, Ralph - Modoc : the true story of the greatest elephant that ever lived

Hemingway, Ernest - The Snows of Kiliminjaro - Fiction - Tanzania

Henderson, Annette - Wild spirit - Memoir - Gabon

Henderson, Sally - Ivory moon - Memoir - Namibia - Hoanib River area

Henderson, Sally - Silent footsteps - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Hillaby, John - Journey to the Jade Sea - Travel - Kenya - Lake Turkana

Hiltzik, Michael - A Death in Kenya - True crime - Kenya - Masaai Mara

Hofmann, Corinne - Back from Africa - Memoir - Kenya

Hofmann, Corinne - Reunion in Barsaloi - Memoir - Kenya

Hofmann, Corinne - The White Masai - Memoir - Kenya

Holgate, Kingsley - Africa : in the footsteps of the great explorers - Travel - Africa

Holman, Michael - Last orders at Harrods - Fiction - Kenya - Kireba

Hope, Christopher - My mother's lovers - Fiction

Hunter, Luke - Cats of Africa - Wildlife - Africa

Huxley, Elspeth - The Mottled lizard - Memoir - Kenya

Huxley, Elspeth - The Flame trees of Thika - Memoir - Kenya

Huxley, Elspeth - Murder on safari - Fiction - Kenya

Huxley, Elspeth - Pioneers - Memoir - Kenya

Innes, Hammond - The Big footprints - Fiction Africa, Eastern

Jackman, Brian - The Marsh lions - Wildlife - Kenya - Masai Mara

Jeal, Tim - Livingstone - Biography - Africa

Johnston, Frank - Malawi : the warm heart of Africa - Travel - Malawi

Joubert, Beverly - Hunting with the moon - Photography - Lions - Botswana - Savuti

Joubert, Beverly - Relentless enemies - Photography - Botswana

Joubert, Dereck - The Africa diaries : an illustrated memoir of life in the bush - Memoir - Botswana

Kann, Wendy - Casting with a fragile thread - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Kay, June - Okavango - Memoir - Botswana - Moremi - Okavango

kay, June - Starlings laughing : a memoir of Africa - Memoir

Kay, June - Wild Eden - Memoir - Botswana - Moremi - Okavango

Kay, June -The thirteenth moon - Memoir - Botswana - Moremi - Okavango

Kaye, M. M. - Death in Kenya - Fiction - Crime - Kenya

Kaye, M. M. - Death in Zanzibar - Fiction - Crime - Tanzania - Zanzibar

Kaye, M. M. - Trade winds - Fiction - Tanzania - Zanzibar

Keane, Fergal - All of these people - History - Rwanda

Keating, Barbara - A Durable fire - Fiction - Kenya

Keating, Barbara - Blood sisters - Fiction - Kenya

Keating, Barbara - In borrowed light - Fiction - Kenya

Keene-Young, Robyn - Backseat safari - Travel - Africa, Southern

Kenyatta, Jomo - Facing Mt. Kenya - Anthropology - Kenya

Lamb, Christina - The Africa House - Biography - Zambia

Lamb, Christina - The House of stone : the true story of a family divided in war torn Zimbabwe - Biography - Zimbabwe

Lambkin, David - The Hanging tree - Fiction - Kenya

Lang, Graham - Lettah's gift - Fiction - Zimbabwe

Latham, Aaron - The Frozen leopard : hunting my dark heart in Africa - Travel - Kenya, Rwanda

Leakey, Richard - Wildlife wars - Memoir - Kenya

Lessing, Doris - African laughter - Travel - Zimbabwe

Liebenberg, Lauren - The Voluptuous delights of peanut butter and jam - Fiction - Zimbabwe

Lovell, Mary - Straight on till morning - Biography - Kenya

Lovell, Nikki - We are one village - Memoir - Uganda

Luard, Nicholas The Wildlife parks of Africa Travel Africa

Maathai, Wangari - Unbowed : one woman's story - Memoir - Kenya

Malathronas, John - Rainbow Diary - Travel - South Africa

Mandela : the authorised portrait - Photography - South Africa

Marciano, Francesca - Rules of the wild - Fiction - Kenya - Nairobi

Markham, Beryl - West with the night - Memoir - Kenya

Marshall, Peter - Around Africa : from the Pillars of Hercules to the Strait of Gibraltar - Travel - Africa

Matson, Tammie - Dry water - Memoir - Namibia

Matson, Tammie - Elephant dance - Memoir - Namibia

Matthiesen, Peter - African silences - Travel - Elephants - Senegal - Gambia

Matthiesen, Peter - Sand rivers -Travel Tanzania - Selous

Matthiesen, Peter -The Tree where man was born - Travel

McQuillan, Karen - The Cheetah chase - Fiction - Kenya

McQuillan, Karen - Deadly safari - Fiction - Kenya

McQuillan, Karen - Elephant's graveyard - Fiction - Kenya

Meldrum, Andrew - Now we have hope : a memoir of Zimbabwe - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Meredith, Martin - Diamonds, gold and war : the making of South Africa - History - South Africa

Meyer, Deon - 7 days - Fiction - South Africa

Meyer, Deon - Blood safari - Fiction - South Africa

Meyer, Deon - Dead at daybreak - Fiction - South Africa

Meyer, Deon - Dead before dying - Fiction - South Africa

Meyer, Deon - Devil's peak - Fiction - South Africa

Meyer, Deon - Heart of the hunter - Fiction - South Africa

Meyer, Deon - Thirteen hours - Fiction - South Africa - Cape Town

Meyer, Deon -Trackers - Fiction - South Africa

Miller, Candi - Kalahari Passage - Fiction - South Africa - Kalahari - Bushmen

Miller, Candi - Salt and honey - Fiction - South Africa - Kalahari - Bushmen

Mills, Gus - Hyena nights and Kalahari days - Memoir - South Africa - Kalahari

Monbiot, George - No man's land : an investigative journey through Kenya and Tanzania - Travel - Kenya - Tanzania

National Audubon Society - A Field guide to African wildlife - Field guide

Nicole, Christopher - Happy Valley - Fiction - Kenya

Nunn, Malla - A Beautiful place to die - Fiction - South Africa - Natal

Nunn, Malla - Let the dead lie - Fiction - South Africa - Natal

Nunn, Malla - Silent valley - Fiction - South Africa - Natal

O'Hanlon, Redmond - Congo Journey - Travel - Congo

 

O'Neill, Pat Cavendish - A Lion in the bedroom - Memoir

Orford, Margie - Blood rose - Fiction - Namibia - Walvis Bay

Orford, Margie - Daddy's Girl - Fiction - South Africa - Cape Town

Orford, Margie - Gallows hill - Fiction - South Africa - Cape Town

Orford, Margie - Like clockwork - Fiction - South Africa - Cape Town

Osborne, Frances - The Bolter : Idina sackville… - Biography - Kenya

Owens, Mark and Delia - Cry of the Kalahari - Memoir - Botsawna - Kalahari

Owens, Mark and Delia - Eye of the elephant - Memoir Z- ambia - North Luangwa

Owens, Mark and Delia - Secrets of the savannah - Memoir

Packer, Craig - Into Africa - Memoir - Lions - Tanzania

 

Paice, Edward - Lost lion of empire : the life of 'Cape to Cairo' Grogan

 

Palmer, Shirley - African skies - Fiction  - Kenya

Park, Tony - African dawn - Fiction - Zimbabwe

Park, Tony - African sky - Fiction - Zimbabwe

 

Park, Tony - Dark heart - Fiction - Rwanda - South Africa

Park, Tony - Delta - Fiction - Botswana

Park, Tony - Far horizon - Fiction

Park, Tony - Ivory - Fiction

Park, Tony - Safari - Fiction

Park, Tony - Silent predator - Fiction - South Africa - Mozambique

Park, Tony - Zambezi - Fiction

Paton, Alan - Cry, the beloved country - Fiction - South Africa

Payne, Katy - The Sound of Thunder Elephants - Memoir

Patterson, Bruce - The Lions of Tsavo - Lions - Kenya - Tsavo

Peek, Bookey - All the way home - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Peek, Bookey - Wild honey : more stories from an African wildlife sanctuary - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Pifer, Drury - Innocents in Africa - Biography - South Africa

Pincott, Sharon - The Elephants and I : pursuing a dream in troubled Zimbabwe - Memoir - Zimbabwe - Hwange

Pitman, Dick - A Wild life : adventures of an accidental conservationist in Africa - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Poliza, Michael - Africa Photography - Africa, Southern

Poole, Joyce - Coming of age with elephants - Memoir - Elephants - Kenya - Amboseli

Randall, Will - Botswana time - Memoir - Botswana

Read, David - Barefoot over the Serengeti - Memoir - Tanzania

Ricciardi, Lorenzo - African rainbow : across Africa by boat - Travel - Congo - Tanzania

Ricciardi, Lorenzo - The Voyage of the Mir-rel-la - Travel - East Africa

Ricciardi, Mirella - Vanishing Africa - Photography - Kenya

Ricciardi, Mirella - African saga - Memoir - Kenya

Ricciardi, Mirella - African visions : the diary of an African photographer - Memoir - Kenya

Richardson, Kevin - Part of the pride - Memoir - South Africa

Ridgeway, Rick - Shadow of Kiliminjaro - Travel - Kenya - Tanzania

Rogers, Douglas - The Last resort - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Root, Alan - Ivory, apes and peacocks - Memoir - Kenya-Tanzania

Ross, Mark - A Dangerous beauty - Memoir Uganda - Bwindi

Rouse, Andy - Animal tales : the adventures of wildlife photographer - Memoir

Ruark, Robert - Uhuru - Fiction - Kenya

Ruark, Robert - Something of value - Fiction - Kenya

Ruark, Robert - The Honey badger - Fiction - Kenya

Rusesabagina, Paul - An Ordinary man - Memoir - Rwanda

Russell, Alec - Big men, little people - Memoir - Africa

Salza, Alberto - Kenya - Photography - Kenya

Sandham, Fran - Traversa - Travel - Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania etc

Sapolsky, Robert - A Primate's memoir - Memoir - Baboons - Kenya

Schmiedt, David - Are we there yet? - Memoir - South Africa

Scholes, Katherine - The Hunter's wife - Fiction - Tanzania

Scholes, Katherine - Lioness Fiction - Fiction - Tanzania

Scholes, Katherine -The Rain queen - Fiction - Tanzania

Scott, Jonathan - The Leopard's Tale - Wildlife - Kenya - Masai Mara

Scott, Jonathan - Big cat Diary : Leopard - Wildlife - Kenya - Masai Mara

Scott, Jonathan - Big cat Diary : Cheetah - Wildlife - Kenya - Masai Mara

Scott, Jonathan - Big cat Diary : Lion - Wildlife - Kenya - Masai Mara

Scott, Jonathan - Lions - Wildlife - Kenya - Masai Mara

Scott, Jonathan - Mara - Serengeti : a photographer's paradise - Wildlife - Kenya - Masai Mara -Tanzania - Serengeti

Scott, Jonathan - The Great migration - Wildlife - Tanzania - Serengeti

Scott, Robyn - Twenty chickens for a saddle - Memoir - Botswana

Seal, Mark - Wildflower : the Joan Root story - Biography - Kenya - Lake Naivasha

Sheldrick, Daphne - An African love story - Memoir - Kenya

Sheldrick, Daphne - Orphans of Tsavo Memoir Kenya - Tsavo

Sheldrick, Daphne - The Tsavo story Memoir Kenya - Tsavo

Sherr, Lynn - Tall blondes - Wildlife - Giraffes

Sisia, Gemma - St Jude's - Memoir - Tanzania - Arusha

Smith, Alexander McCall - Precious Ramotswe series - Fiction - Botswana

Smith, Julian - Crossing the heart of Africa - Travel - Cape Town - Cairo

Smith, Roger - Dust devils - Fiction - South Africa

Smith, Roger - Mixed blood - Fiction - South Africa

Smith, Roger - Wake up dead - Fiction - South Africa

Smith, Wilbur - A Time to die - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - The Angels weep - Fiction - Zimbabwe

Smith, Wilbur - Assegai - Fiction- Kenya

Smith, Wilbur - Birds of prey - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - The Blue horizon - Fiction - South Africa

Smith, Wilbur - The Burning shore - Fiction - Namibia

Smith, Wilbur - Cry wolf - Fiction - Ethiopia

Smith, Wilbur - The Dark of the sun - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur -The Diamond hunters - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - Eagle in the sky - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - Elephant song - Fiction - Zimbabwe

Smith, Wilbur -The Eye of the tiger - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - A Falcon flies - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - Gold mine - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - Golden fox - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - Hungry as the sea - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur -The Leopard hunts in darkness - Fiction - Zimbabwe

Smith, Wilbur - Men of men - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - Monsoon - Fiction - East Africa - Oman

Smith, Wilbur - Power of the sword - Fiction

Smith, Wilbur - Rage - Fiction - South Africa

Smith, Wilbur - Shout at the devil - Fiction -Tanzania

Smith, Wilbur - The Sound of thunder - Fiction - South Africa

Smith, Wilbur - A Sparrow falls - Fiction - South Africa

Smith, Wilbur - The Sunbird Fiction - Historical - Egypt

Smith, Wilbur - Those in peril - Fiction - East Africa

Smith, Wilbur - A Time to die - Fiction - Zimbabwe - Mozambique

Smith, Wilbur - When the lion feeds - Fiction - South Africa - Natal

Smith, Wilbur - Wild justice - Fiction

South Africa, Namibia and Botswana - Photography - Africa, Southern

Spicer, Paul - Temptress : the scandalos life of Alice, Countess de Janze - Biography - Kenya - Wanjohi Valley

Spowers, Rory - Three men on a bike : a journey through Africa - Travel - Africa

St John, Lauren - Rainbow's end - Memoir - Zimbabwe

Stanley, Michael - A Carrion death - Fiction - Botswana

Stanley, Michael - A Deadly trade - Fiction - Botswana

Stanley, Michael - Death of the mantis - Fiction - Botswana

Stuart, Chris and Tilde - Birds of Africa - Field guide - Africa

Stuart, Chris and Tilde - Field guide to the larger mammals of Africa - Field guide - Africa

Sybesma, Sherry - Two weeks in a land rover : on safari in Tanzania - Travel - Tanzania - Nothern circuit

Taylor, Robin - African odyssey - Photography - Africa - East and South

Theroux, Paul - Dark star safari - Travel - Africa

Thesiger, Wilfred - Visions of a nomad - Photography - Kenya

Thompson, Gareth - The Guide's guide to guiding

Tompkinson, Michael - Michael Tompkinson's Kenya - Photography - Kenya

Trzebinski, Errol - Silence will speak - Biography - Kenya

Turner, Myles - My Serengeti years - Memoir - Tanzania - Serengeti

Van Wyk, Chris - Shirley, goodness and mercy - Memoir - South Africa

Varty, John - Nine lives :memoirs of a maverick conservationist - Memoir - South Africa - Londolozi

Waugh, Daisy - A Small town in Africa - Memoir - Kenya - Isiolo

Western, David - In the dust of Kilimanjaro - Memoir - Kenya - Amboseli

Wheeler, Sara - Too close to the sun : the life and times of Denys Finch Hatton - Biography - Kenya

Younghusband, Peter - Every meal a banquet, every night a honeymoon - Memoir - Africa


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:48 AM

Very comprehensive, thanks for posting this. I'd like to read The Honey Guide, must try to get it.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 04:52 PM

@Treepol thanks for this - this is very useful for picking out potential additions to my library.



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:07 AM

I missed this list. Amazing work Treepol! Thank you so much.

 

I really think these are particularly intriguing titles and will have to look them out (no idea if the books are any good!):

 

Temptress : the scandalous life of Alice, Countess de Janze

 

No man's land : an investigative journey through Kenya and Tanzania

 

Wrestling with rhinos : the memoirs of a Glasgow vet in Kenya

 

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:00 AM

@pault you are welcome, and happy reading!


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:54 AM

Awesome job @Treepol.
Another for your list:
D'Elbee, Francois & Guhrs, Vic - "Wild Life - People and Animals of the Luangwa Valley".
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:19 AM

I'll keep an eye out for it at JNB airport next year! Thanks for the heads-up.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:44 AM

Mine is a large size hard cover with dust sleeve, full of fantastic photos by D'Elbee and great stories/interviews by Guhrs. Make sure you have plenty of space in your hand luggage!
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:54 AM

Just finished today White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse. It is about a man smuggled into Botswana in 1976 from South Africa after he was forced to flee because he witnessed a friend murdered.   I could not put it down...it's a very good read.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:19 PM

another great read is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.  It was written in 1958 and he died earlier this year.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:03 PM

Recommended via Twitter is Doris Lessing's - 'The Grass is Singing' for its depiction of crushing heat and isolation. (Note I have not read the book myself - have any Safaritalkers read it?)


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:28 PM

No.  But, I did just finish Americanah by Chimamamanda Ngozi Adichie. She is another Nigerian author .It is a good read, this time taking place in England, the US and Nigeria with the characters trying to balance their lives, loves and race in each place.


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:15 AM

Here is an update to the bibliography - my latest African reads:

 

Peek, Bookey – Beyond the wild woods : Further stories from an African wildlife sanctuary

 

A further leisurely read about life at Stone Hills set against the disintegrating fabric of modern day Zimbabwe. A bittersweet story of life with animals in the Zimbabwean bush.  [spoiler alert] The key theme to this memoir is the untimely demise of Badge the main character in the second volume of memoirs.  

 

Smith, Roger – Capture

 

A very confronting thriller set in Cape Town, where violence is never far away when life in the stews of the Flats collides with the wealthy white community. The menacing persona of Vernon Saul touches many lives when he witnesses the accidental drowning of Nick Exley’s only child.  He soon has Exley in his debt and manipulates him into a relationship with a single mother and her child. These three are soon drawn into a murderous plot that they may not survive.

 

Brown, Damien – Band aid for a broken leg : being a doctor with no borders (and other ways to stay single)

 

The compassionate memoir of an Australian Medecins Sans Frontieres volunteer in Angola and Sudan that depicts the basic state of everyday life and healthcare available in these regions. Sent to an isolated village of mud huts in a landmine area the author battles to bring relief to malnourished clients, victims of leopard attacks whilst performing basic surgery with instruments sterilised over an open fire. The Somali experience becomes so overwhelming that he returns to  Australia for a break and then opts to begin new work on aboriginal settlements.  

 

Matson, TammiePlanet elephant

 

The third book by this author focuses on the worldwide demand for ivory which drives widespread elephant and rhino poaching on an international scale. Experience from Borneo and Assam add to the author’s extensive experience with human-elephant conflict in Africa.  Tammie meets with government officials as well as traffickers to understand the supply and demand in the illegal ivory trade. This book also strikes a personal note as the author strives to achieve a realistic work-life balance from a new base in Singapore.

 

Retzlaff, MandyOne hundred and four horses : a memoir of farm and family, Africa and exile

 

A moving memoir of a farm eviction and a succession of temporary homes in post-2000 Zimbabwe. The Retzlaffs are ‘horse’ people and eventually took in 104 horses from abandoned farms and evicted farmers. Engaged in the risky business of sneaking onto farms at night to claim horses, transporting the animals between properties and ultimately through the border post to Mozambique was an enormous task. The story of a family and many of the individual horses that shared their lives.

 

Smith, Wilbur – Vicious circle

 

The last book associated with this author that I will read due to an unbelievable plot and graphic violence. The last 2 books have moved far from the bush settings of the Courtney and Ballantine novels that were always ripping reads, I suggest he gives up now.

 

Tucker, Linda Saving the white lions : one woman’s battle for Africa’s most sacred animal

 

The story of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, established to save white lions from the trophy-hunting industry. The story begins with a shamanic experience in 1991 in the Timbavati region when the author and a group of advertising executives were surrounded by a lion pride. For the author this life-threatening experience became a life-changing one as she later left Europe and her career to return to the Timbavatai to find the medicine woman who save the group. The program is lent credibility by the involvement of Ian Player.

 

Park, Tony Prey

 

@tony Park’s latest thriller and one of his best. The plot focuses on the issue of illegal miners and mining that plague South African mines and the future of a seemingly doomed conservancy. My uncle enjoyed this book and said this book reminded of early Wilbur Smith novels.

 

Scholes, KatherineThe Perfect wife

 

This novel is set in Tanzania during the early 1950s where an Australian woman battles to fit in with the ex-pat wives at the Kongona Club. The husbands are involved in the ill-fated groundnut scheme that was established to develop cash food crops in Africa. When Kitty’s husband Theo is killed in a stand-off with local Masai she teams up with Bwana Taylor, a local farmer sympathetic to the local people and the needs of the land. A close-up look at ex-pat life in the 1950s that is imbued with the hope of the post-war years.

 

Bates, Jeremy – The Taste of fear

 

Film star Scarlett Cox and her hotelier husband go on an African safari to try and patch up their failing marriage. Robbed of their passports they seek help form the US embassy in Dar es Salaam on the day it is bombed by terrorists. They are taken hostage and transported to the Congo, where the person with the skills to rescue them is the assassin sent to kill Scarlett’s husband.

 

Eldon, Kathy – In the heart of life

 

Long memoir from the mother of Dan Eldon a 22 year old journalist killed with 3 others in Mogadishu in 1993. The first part of the book telling of life in 1980s Nairobi is the most interesting.

 

Barnes, Juliet – The Ghosts of Happy Valley : searching for the lost world of Africa’s infamous aristocrats

 

This  book focusses on the houses of the settlers, and contains a useful map of extent of settlement in the Wanjohi Valley. The once grand homes are now either in ruins or become shelters for African families or converted to schools in sharp contrast to the glamorous bygone days of Happy Valley.   The author traveled around present day Happy Valley for a decade gathering information for the book in the company of a Kikuyu conservationist whose passion was colobus monkeys. She draws on the memories of former settlers, searches for long forgotten ruins and speaks to local elders with first-hand memories of this time.

 

The book brings a new perspective to the history of Kenya between 1941-1963 by telescoping this period. These tumultuous years saw the demise of the Happy Valley crowd, the arrival of hard working post-war soldier settlers, Mau Mau and Independence in 1963. The author was born and educated in Kenya before attending university in Scotland.

 

Raybourn, Deanna – A Spear of summer grass

 

Light fiction featuring society outcast Delilah Drummond, who turns up in Nairobi during the 1920s.

 

Barnes, Simon – Rogue lion safaris

 

A very funny novel set in African safari camps.  Dan Lynch arrives in Africa with a zoology degree where he ends up at a run down camp managed by lion expert George Sorenson. George loves the bush and the animals that live in it but he has no head for business so his camp is threatened by low bookings, competition from the luxury camp across the river and corrupt politicians. Dan learns a lot about people and himself during his first safari season.

 

I enjoyed this book so much that I bought an antiquarian copy which I plan to re-read very soon.

 

Van Riel, Fransje – My life with leopards : Graham Cooke’s story

 

Graham Cooke is a 22 year old ranger at Londolozi when he becomes the carer for 2 six week old leopard cubs. Living in an unfenced camp to which lions, wild leopards and hyenas are frequent visitors complicates his job of raising the leopards before releasing them back into the wild. They are eventually released into the bush in Zambia, where he can no longer offer protection.

 

Fraser, Caroline – Re-wilding the world : dispatches from the conservation revolution

 

The author investigates re-wilding successes and failures from around the world in this thought-provoking book. Discussion includes the varied progress in African ‘Peace Parks’, the development of wildlife corridors and the fate of many elephants in war zones. The book sends a strong message of hope based on the successes of many conservation programs from around the world.

 


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:54 AM

I have a long list of books to add to the list,however, I don't know if everyone shares my interests. I love books on history, and African development.



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:12 AM

I have a long list of books to add to the list,however, I don't know if everyone shares my interests. I love books on history, and African development.

 

Post them! We don't have to read them.  :)

 

@Treepol ... Thanks again. There may be more definitive lists somewhere, but this is now my list of choice.


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:18 AM

 

Film star Scarlett Cox and her hotelier husband go on an African safari to try and patch up their failing marriage. Robbed of their passports they seek help form the US embassy in Dar es Salaam on the day it is bombed by terrorists. They are taken hostage and transported to the Congo, where the person with the skills to rescue them is the assassin sent to kill Scarlett’s husband.

 

Oh dear..... As if the name Scarlett Cox wasn't bad enough, what a plot! I notice you did not offer a comment on this one. :lol:


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:43 AM

@pault thank you for your kind words.

 

The plot of the book in question was better than the blurb on the back cover indicated.


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 10:11 AM

I have to recommend: Paul Native -Max du Preez. He was one the leading white opponents to Apartheid; he has highly critical of the both Mbeki's and Zuma's administrations.

He is incredibly tough, hard hatting, confrontational and unafraid of criticism. I couldn't put this book down.

 

I also loved reading A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy also by Max du Preez. I've never read a more balanced, and objective account of contemporary South Africa than this.

He points out South Africa's considerable successes instead of continually harping on the Anc's failures. He offers real solutions. He is both books incredibly witty, and funny. This was another superb book by Du Preez.


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 03:45 PM

Who has an update to the list? 


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Posted 16 May 2015 - 12:43 PM

Here is a long overdue update to the bibliography:

 

Bakkes, Chris - Bushveld, desert and dogs : a game ranger's life

 

I bought this book from the excellent Swakopmund Buchhandlung shop last year. Its a follow on from the author's earlier work of In bushveld and desert and contains 37 stories drawn from the author's 2 decades working as a guide and conservationist in Namibia. Commitment and dedication to Namibia and its wildlife shines through each story. 

 

Bassi, John - Pilot in the wild

 

The Zimbabwean born author has spent a lifetime working in game capture and conservation and supporting wildlife research projects such as early game relocations, aerial game counts, radio tracking and helicopter safaris. Flying enthusiasts may enjoy the narration of Bassi's flying career as he progressed from basic aircraft to state of the art helicopters. The author has witnessed firsthand the increase in the incidence and violence of poaching and has participated in anti-poaching projects across southern Africa.  The loss of prisitine wildlife areas due to politics, population pressure and land claims is lamented throughout the book.

 

Davis, John Gordon - The Land God made in anger

 

This book was recommended to me by @tonypark. Its based in Namibia and is a great page-turner focussing on a Nazi legacy in 1980s southern Africa.

 

In late 1945 a U-boat sinks off the Skeleton Coast and 2 German Officers are seen fighting in the surf by 2 Bushmen. One man is murdered and the other sets out across the burning sands...forty years later, trawler captain James McQuade discovers the story and decides to track down the Nazi treasure. Along the way he discovers the survivor is still alive and is a leading figure in Southern African politics. Suddenly, treasure hunt becomes manhunt and leads to an amazing story of post-war treachery and modern day subterfuge with more than treasure at risk.

 

Davis, John Gordon - Unofficial and deniable

 

Jack Harker has left his former life as a South African intelligence officer behind. His new cover as a successful New York based publisher is threatened by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that offers amnesty for those who confess their crimes under the apartheid regime and prosecution for those who do not. Harker has a lot to protect and a lot to hide....

 

Fuller, Alexandra - Leaving before the rains come

 

Latest memoir from the author of Don't lets go to the dogs tonight recounts the breakdown of her marriage and the devastating impact of the American financial crisis on her life. The book is peppered with memories of her rich African childhood and her unique parents unorthodox approach to life.

 

Kruger, Kobie - Mahlangeni

 

Another purchase from the Swakopmund Buchhandlung that relates the story of a game ranger's family in a remote section of Kruger National Park. The author's love of life in the wild permeates the book as she describes a life with elephants, leopard and snakes as neighbours and where a trip to town begins with a river-crossing enlivened by the resident crocs and hippos. 

 

Meyer, Deon - Cobra

 

The fourth book in the Cape Town based Benny Griessel series begins with the kidnapping of a world famous mathematician and the murder of 2 bodyguards at an upmarket vineyard property. The hit is obviously professional as each of the bullet casings are engraved with a cobra.  Benny and his team tie the kidnapping to the hunt for a small-time pickpocket who is also being hunted by the mysterious cobra.

 

Another great African crime thriller - I think this author gets better and better. 

 

Nunn, Malla - Silent valley

 

This Swaziland-born author has lived in Australia since the 1970s. She has hit on a unique character and setting - Detective Emmanuel Cooper of the 1950s South African Police when apartheid influenced all aspects of life in South Africa.

 

The body of a Zulu chief's daughter is found covered in wildlfowers on a deserted hillside outside Durban. The girl will bring a high bride price but both the Zulu community and the white farmers have nothing to say to Detective Cooper. With no cause of death and no motive or murder Cooper has to employ all his investigative skills to bring a murderer to justice.

 

Nunn, Malla - Present darkness

 

Just before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper is anticipating his upcoming Mozambique holiday. Holiday plans are put on hold when a report of the assault of a respected white couple is received and the attacker is identified as Aaron Shabalala-the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala-Cooper's best friend.  Determined to prove Aaron's innocence Cooper, Shabalala, and their trusted friend Dr Daniel Zweigman seek out the truth. Their investigation leads them to a deserted hunting lodge deep in the veldt where gang members and corrupt government officials will do anything to cover their illegal activities.

 

Orford, Maggie - Gallows Hill

 

Similar in style to Deon Meyer, I find this author's plots a little bit darker.

 

The main character, Dr Claire Hart is called to a building site where a recent corpse has been hidden away amongst the old skeletons beneath Gallows Hill, the site of Cape Town's early execution grounds. The main clue to the woman's identity is the haute couture green silk dress found with the body.

 

Claire becomes entangled with a baffling young woman who leads her into the world of art, desire, and destructive jealousy. The identity of the woman in the green dress emerges against a backdrop of corporate corruption and  political tensions.

 

Orford, Maggie - Water music

 

A frightened, frozen child near to death is found on a mountain near Cape Town, but no one has reported her missing.  Claire's investigation leads her into a search for a missing music student and to the gates of a cultish religious sect and its charismatic leader.

 

Paolillo, Karen - A Hippo love story

 

Yet another purchase from the Swakopmund Buchhandlung. This is the story of the founding of the Turgwe Hippo Trust in Zimbabwe and the author's battles with poachers, drought and land invasions in order to keep this hippo family safe. The hippos star in this book, with 3 ton Bob in the lead role.

 

Pincott, Sharon - The Elephants and I : pursuing a dream in troubled Zimbabwe

 

The author is an Australian woman who went to Africa on safari and then decided to leave her high flying corporate life to move to Zimbabwe and work with elephants on land bordering Hwange National Park. With no scientific training, she informally observed elephant interactions and over time recognised individuals and family groups. When the peace and tranquility of the wildlife was threatend by illegal snaring and land invaders claimed the territory where the elephant herd roamed, Pincott went into battle for the animals—and this compelling account reveals her role in fighting poachers and lobbying politicians to preserve this habitat.

 

Pincott, Sharon - Battle for the President's elephants : life, lunacy and elation in the African bush

 

For over 10 years the author has lived in the Hwange bush among The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe, a celebrated and extended famly of wild elephants that she has fought to protect.

 

Her life in Zimbabwe was made difficult at times and her efforts to ensure the safe future of these animals are ongoing. She has been accused of spying and appeared on a Zimbabwe police wanted list. Yet, in spite of basic living quarters, problems with the police and intimidation by poachers Pincott's love of the African bush, the bush lifestyle and her bond with the elephants is evident throughout. This books offers further insight into the rewards and grim reality of choosing an extraordinary life in the bush.
            

Scroggins, Deborah - Love, death and betrayal in Sudan

 

Emma McCune was a glamorous British aid worker with a taste for adventure who went to Sudan determined to make a difference to a people suffering a long-running civil war. Her eventual marriage to a rebel warlord was international news and compromised her ideals. Her tragically short life focussed world attention on the shifting politics of the region where international aid contrasts with warring armies and a starving population. Emma's war is both the story of Emma McCune and a searing investigation into the ethics of international aid.

 

The book is thoroughly researched and is based on numerous interviews with people who knew Emma. The introduction provides a succinct view of the troubles of the Sudan for those struggling to come to terms with the drivers for this long-running war.

Wilson, Clay and Park, Tony - Bush vet

 

Clay Wilson sold his lucrative Florida veterinary practice and moved to Kasane, on the edge of the Chobe National Park in Botswana to work as a voluntary wildlife vet. This book details the highs and lows of Clay's life in Botswana - the joy of restoring an animal to health and the sadness of being too late to make a difference. His tough stand on crime, poaching and human-animal conflict caused him to clash with the Botswana authorities and under-pinned the end of his African dream.

 

Wright, Patricia Chapple - For the love of lemurs

 

Primatologist Patricia Chapple Wright was sent to Madagascar in 1986 in search of the greater bamboo lemur, a species that hadn't been seen for thirty years. Wright re-discovered the lemur together with a new species.  The author writes about the challenges she faced in Madagascar that included isolation and political upheaval and the establishment of Ranomofana NP in which she was instrumental.

 

Until reading this book, I had no idea there were so many species of lemur. Wright employed many local people as trackers and field assistants and her friendship with the people of Madagascar is a standout feature of the book.

 

 


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